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My productivity peaks between...

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12AM to 4AM
  2550 votes / 9%
4AM to 8AM
  1151 votes / 4%
8AM to 12PM
  7089 votes / 26%
12PM to 4PM
  3311 votes / 12%
4PM to 8PM
  3068 votes / 11%
8PM to 12AM
  3552 votes / 13%
I am never productive.
  4073 votes / 15%
Only on leap-seconds
  2092 votes / 7%
26886 total votes.
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  • 24h clock (Score:5, Funny)

    by richlv (778496) on Wednesday October 09, 2013 @04:45PM (#45085377)

    my productivity peaks when i use 24 hour clock

    • Re:24h clock (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Russ1642 (1087959) on Wednesday October 09, 2013 @05:31PM (#45085903)

      Again, Americans are the ones lagging behind the rest of the world in this regard. Not as bad as the metric system but close.

      • Re:24h clock (Score:5, Insightful)

        by fatphil (181876) on Wednesday October 09, 2013 @06:58PM (#45086657) Homepage
        Not just that, but they can't even get the 12-hour clock correct. 12AM and 12PM are nonsensical names. Noon is the 12 that is at the meridien, it is neither ante-, nor post- it. Midnight is likewise lacking such relative references.
        • by umghhh (965931)
          I believe you can argue whether 1200 belong to any or none of the attaching times of the day. This argument can be lengthy and would not provide any solution. We know it, you know it.

          I can imagine you can argue that common clocks showing time of the day go along your view of reality and if time passes by noon the switching from am to pm takes place. Similarly at midnight thus making 1200 sort of no men's land in terms of AM/PM. Yet if you take any human being that has no autistic traits and understand some

          • by fatphil (181876)
            I wouldn't posture to claim to know how the majority of humans perceive a situation, but I like your "we behave retards" and the fact that you don't post AC, so I'll let that otherwise pass. Apology accepted from this small sector of your readership.
        • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward

          I agree it's nonsensical if you only look at the minute of 12:00 in both cases. If you look at the hour as a whole, it's clear that after noon from 12:01-12:59 are PM times, so for consistency's sake the whole hour is considered to be PM. The converse is true for the hour of 12 AM (midnight to 1 AM). It would be even more confusing if it went 12:00 AM -> 12:01 PM in my opinion.

          • by Ashtead (654610)
            But that includes the expectation that the change from AM to PM is somewhere between 11.59 and 12.00 -- not between 12.00 and 12.01. Seeing how messy the rest of this system is, with 12.59 giving way to 01.00, while still remaining AM or PM, I would not want to make any a priori assumptions about which of these are right, and hence whether 12 AM is supposed to mean 12 noon or 12 midnight.

            It's either use the 24-hour system or at least use expressions "12 noon" and "12 midnight".

        • Re:24h clock (Score:4, Interesting)

          by AmiMoJo (196126) * <> on Thursday October 10, 2013 @05:51PM (#45096531) Homepage

          The problem is that "12PM" refers to both the moment that is mid-day, and the hour long period between 12:00:00 and 12:59:59. If you think of it as a period then "12PM" makes more sense, since it takes place entire in the afternoon. 24 hour time is obviously much clearer and easier.

          I have seen some places in Japan that advertise being open until 27:00, meaning 3:00 the next day.

      • by mosb1000 (710161)

        I'm an american and all my clocks are 24 hr.

        • by ATMAvatar (648864)
          I'm an American, but I am also a programmer. My dates and times are ISO 8601 [] compliant [].
          • by tricorn (199664)

            I usually write dates as, e.g. 19 OCT 2013

            I realize it's English-centric, but it's pretty unambiguous and understandable. I try to use 24-hour time, UTC where appropriate, but that isn't available sometimes.

      • Wait a sec. You want to gig us on using time based on either one 24 hour cycle, or two 12 hour cycles? Really?

        And your backup gun is to gig us on not using metric that is based on that same 60 * 60 * 24 system? Because it's decimal?

        Your whole post is a failure of the highest caliber.

        What do you do for an encore, argue whether zebra stripes are black or white?

  • I am more productive when I work from home. If I'm at the office I'm most productive in the morning. I work in a cube farm and I'm easily distracted by noise. I like to start work at 06:30 so I can put in a few hours before the office becomes too noisy.
  • I love them dearly, but it's impossible to focus on anything for more than 5 minutes at a time with the rug rats on the loose.

    • by mosb1000 (710161)

      Except raising your kids, you mean.

    • by MrLogic17 (233498)

      All of you guys, take a chill pill, and get a life. Obviously, none of you have children.

      The poll question was about productivity. I adressed the productivity side of parenting. It's not possible to concentration oriented tasks some times of the day. That's part of the life I happily chose to live. Raising & teaching kids does take work- but I wouldn't call that the kind of productivity stated in the poll.

      You guys strike me as the people that walk up to me in a grovery store, listing the ways I'm paren

      • by yurtinus (1590157)
        But it was already so much work for me to crawl out of the basement to talk at you in the grocery store!
  • by martas (1439879) on Wednesday October 09, 2013 @05:12PM (#45085709)
    Sadly, I can't get anything done unless the deadline's looming, the knife's to the bone, failure is imminent. This does not bode well for me since my "work" went from "homework due tomorrow" to "come up with a PhD thesis proposal by the end of the year"...
    • by WillKemp (1338605)

      Procrastination is an important part of productivity. While you're procrastinating, and apparently not working on whatever it is you're supposed to be doing, your brain is processing it in the background. You may do things faster if you don't procrastinate, but you won't do them so well.

      That's my story, anyway!

  • I'm most productive from 10am - 2pm.
    • by jbengt (874751)
      I take a while to get going in the morning, but my productivity is pretty good from about 9:00 am to lunch. Lunch has a tendency to slow me down, but I get a second wind around 2:00pm or 3:00pm. So the brackets given don't fit my day very well, and I just picked that I'm never productive.
  • Retired (Score:4, Funny)

    by techno-vampire (666512) on Wednesday October 09, 2013 @05:53PM (#45086171) Homepage
    I'm retired; I don't have to be productive.
  • It is a phenomenon I call "morning brain."

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Only productive when slashdot server is down.

  • by antdude (79039) on Wednesday October 09, 2013 @07:23PM (#45086839) Homepage Journal

    Mine seems to be random sometimes. :P

  • by ackthpt (218170) on Wednesday October 09, 2013 @07:29PM (#45086881) Homepage Journal

    Attack early the tasks which require the most thought. Once past lunch it's cruise through things which have already been figured out. I tend to get a second wind later in the day or evening. Sometimes as late as 9 PM I'll start tacking knotty problems with gusto and vigor.

    • by rwa2 (4391) *

      It depends on what kinds of things...

      For me, mornings are better for writing essays... my brain seems to be in a better "free association" mode at that time, so ideas and sentence structures flow more freely. This is probably due to still being in a dream-like state where any part of my brain can just pipe up and be listened to. Also, it seems to be stronger right after I roll out of bed (assuming I've actually had a full night's sleep), so the best ideas and prose comes at me during the morning shower...

    • by Macgrrl (762836)

      I do my best problem solving in the shower - I have the clearest view of how a problem I've been working on should nut out. One of my former flatmates used to joke they were going to buy me a divers notepad as I was always drawing in the steam on the shower screen.

  • Caffeine Correlation (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DaveAtFraud (460127) on Wednesday October 09, 2013 @10:39PM (#45087973) Homepage Journal

    My productivity peaks about 15 minutes after drinking a large cup of coffee. How large the cup has to be depends on the time of day so we're talking gallons before 10:00 am and just a shot of espresso around 10:00 pm.


  • by LongearedBat (1665481) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @04:51AM (#45089247)
    My creativity peaks before noon (and late evening).
    My productivity peaks after noon.
    I wonder if I'd achieve more if they coincided...?
  • by rastos1 (601318) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @09:42AM (#45090639) Homepage

    mostly unrelated to time of day

    But when

    • - I don't have to wait for manager's decision
    • - I'm not forced to juggle 5 projects at the same time
    • - when the memory is plenty, the network is fast and properly configured and Windows does not get in the way ;-)
    • - the task is interesting/challenging
  • (Picked 4am-8am) Those couple of hours before more people get to work are like candy to me! Sweet, quiet, candy.
    • by Saethan (2725367)
      I agree with you - though I get in at 7am. The morning hours are the quietest around here('cept today where we had an all associates meeting, thus me being on /. instead of doing actual work....)
    • How does it feel to be a fully grown adult whose bedtime is the same as the kids'?

      I once had a job where I had to head out to work at 3AM, and wouldn't get back home until 5PM. I'm amazed I didn't slit my own throat.
  • My results are from 12pm to 4pm only because my mornings are wasted by too many meetings.
  • If I were to produce anything at all, those of you still working would look really bad.
  • by zrbyte (1666979) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @01:27PM (#45093773)

    My peak productivity is roughly from 5 PM to 8 PM. It has nothing to do with my mental state or caffeine intake. It is simplt because that is the time when I can concentrate on my work without being interrupted almost continuously by emails, telephone calls, my boss, my coworkers etc.

  • Or between six beers and waking up next to CowboyNeal... Sheesh. Too PG.

  • Usually my kids go to sleep about 9:30, and then I can get some time to concentrate on my job. During the day I am interrupted at least 10 times an hour and I am lucky if I write 100 lines of code in the entire day. But at night, I can get quite a lot more coding done.
  • by wbr1 (2538558) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @10:42PM (#45098203)
    Should be, I am never reproductive. This is /.
  • As long as my OCD doesn't take over.

  • I get shit done.. loads of it. Without others around to disturb me with their constant interruptions, I am super productive! The downside is not getting home in time to see my kids before they go to bed.

If it's working, the diagnostics say it's fine. If it's not working, the diagnostics say it's fine. - A proposed addition to rules for realtime programming


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